I’ll be honest right now, I haven’t watched Amitabh Bachan starred ‘Pink’ yet, so this review is completely based on Nerkonda Paarvai alone.
Released on August 2019, Nerkonda Paarvai is a remake of Pink (2016) starring Ajith, Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam and Andrea Tariang in the lead roles, produced by Boney Kapoor, directed by H.Vinoth with cinematography and editing by Nirav Shah and Gokul Chandran respectively. Rangaraj Pandey and Vidhya Balan are definitely great additions to the film as well.
Without going into too many details, the film’s plot revolves around a girl’s right to say ‘No’!
Courtroom drama hasn’t come too often in Tamil Cinema recently, but this is exactly what Nerkonda Paarvai revolves majorly around. Brilliant performances, great screenplay, and on-point direction bring this film together.
Despite expectations for a full masala film owing to Ajith essaying the lead role, the actor stays true to his character. While it is clear that a little masala was added for his sake, this doesn’t take away from the story and direction pulls it in brilliantly with the actor showing off a much more subtle side of his acting. Abhirami, Andrea and Shraddha portray their roles brilliantly and flawlessly keeping the attention on the social issue and message.
The movie brings the Tamil audience’s attention to a very relevant topic in today’s scenario, consent from women! No matter the situation, no matter the characters, and no matter what, consent is what matters at the end of the day. And this is something all of us need to realize and accept, men and women alike! The movie, in particular, focuses on the patriarchal mindset in our society.
Nerkonda Paarvai is one of the exceptions where a remake remains faithful to the original (Pink) with of course a few changes to suit the audience. There are definitely a few digressions, but I suppose those can be overlooked since the direction makes sure the story incorporates it in at least a bit.